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Chevron Subpoenas in Ecuador Suit Challenged in California

Chevron Corp., which faces a $19 billion damage award in an Ecuador environmental case, shouldn’t be allowed to obtain information about the e-mail accounts of lawyers, activists and scholars in contact with plaintiff attorneys, a privacy rights group told a judge.

Marcia Hofmann, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Francisco today to block Chevron subpoenas, saying that free speech and privacy rights are at stake. She alleged that the company is trying to harass and intimidate activists associated with the legal effort to hold Chevron responsible for environmental damage in the Amazon basin.